MOUTH TO MOUTH (Alison Murray). 97 minutes. Opens Friday (November 11) at the Camera Bar. See Indie & Rep Film Listings. Rating: NNNN
Mouth To Mouth is brazenly original, and a dead-on portrait of a young woman looking for an alternative. Ellen Page stars as a teenager sucked into a street-kid cult in Europe. It's a terrific performance by a young actor on her way up, showing layers of aggression, fear and euphoria rarely expressed with such immediacy and precision.
Even better, director Alison Murray uses the cult story to tap themes of belonging common to any kid. Though the story has the intense feel of a European underground film, the conflicts are universal. There's also some surprisingly effective use of movement to say what words sometimes can't.